“And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become as I am except for those chains.” Acts 26:29 ESV
My friend, Dave Bassard died a few years ago from cancer and he commented, “I never asked ‘why,’ because cancer is like a pimple to God, He could remove it if He wanted to. Why do I have cancer? Because this is God’s assignment for me. I would not choose to go to the hospital to minister to people, but God sent me there and I am going to make the most of it.”
Dave took his guitar with him to sit with the others doing chemo at Christmas time… he invited the cancer patients and the nurses to join him in singing Christmas Carols… “come on everyone let’s sing, we only have cancer!” Amazing!
Dave Bassard never lost his sense of “why” he was on this planet, he was blessed to be a blessing. Even cancer didn’t get in his way, it only redirected him.
Paul the Apostle was chased and pursued and persecuted for the faith and while he was in jail he wrote Phillipians, one of the most joyful books in the Bible. Guards were chained to Paul and he witnessed to them, because he understood his “why,” he led with love. He led with love when he appeared before kings and others in the Roman government.
In spite of circumstances, lead with love!